East Harlem’s Maria Calas (video)

 

448px-Maria_Callas_(La_Traviata)_2Maria Callas was born at 1249 Fifth Avenue and 106th Street in East Harlem, NY on December 3, 1923. She made her professional debut with the Royal Opera of Athens in Boccaccio, and took her first major role in Tosca. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Harlem Dance Caravan (with video)

By Walter Rutledge

The Faison Firehouse and Summerstage presented Harlem Dance Caravan on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in the village of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Pat Cleveland Channels Jospehine Baker’s Harlem Swag

“[she came] with… a Harlem shimmy dance-movement that recalled Josephine Baker …”

Alicia Drake in the book The Beautiful Fall described Pat Cleveland’s arrival in Paris in the late 1970’s, saying, “[she came] with liquorice hair, legs like pipe-cleaners, and a … Continue Reading →